The first graders at my school just completed an interdisciplinary study of habitats. After learning about different types, they each chose one animal to research and wrote a non-fiction book featuring that animal. Their books included a table of contents, a number of chapters, illustrations and diagrams. They were quick to notice that the non-fiction children’s books they read often included a riddle, puzzle, poem or game. It wasn’t long before those elements began appearing in their books, as well.

The young authors wrote about koalas, rabbits, pandas, tigers and other intriguing creatures with enthusiasm and concentration. They even created artworks that placed their animals in the correct habitat. These are hanging proudly in our hallway.

In these difficult times, it gives me hope to observe their love and excitement for caring for our environment. Happy Earth Day, indeed!


About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United States--a wonderful area for nature, art and culture. Using a compact camera, I celebrate daily life found here in a variety of local landscapes throughout the changing seasons.

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